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2016 October 25

Scythians at the Tomb of Ovid (c. 1640)
Johann Heinrich Schonfeld (1609-1684)
Baroque Style
Museum of Fine Arts of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Image Source: Web Gallery of Art

     Explanation: In Colossians 3, Paul commands his readers, since they have been raised with Christ, to seek those things that are above with Christ who is seated on his throne. He tells them to fix their minds on things above, not on earth because their lives are hidden with Christ in God, and when Christ, who is our life appears, then they will also appear with him in glory (1-4).
     On that basis, they must put to death earthly things such as sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. The wrath of God comes upon men for these things. But now they must also put away anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk. The must not lie to one another because they are being renewed, and they have been brought into unity, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision or uncircumcision, barbarian or Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all, and in all (5-11).
     They, who are God's chosen ones, should put on compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. They should bear with one another, and forgive one another. They must especially love one another since love binds everything in perfect harmony. They should let the peace of Christ rule in their hearts. They should be thankful. They should teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with thankfulness in their hearts to God. And whatever they do, they should do it in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the father through him (12-17).
     Wives should submit to husbands. Husbands should love their wives and not be harsh with them. Children should love their parents. Fathers should not provoke their children to discouragement. Slaves should obey their masters, not with eye-service, as people-pleasers, but sincerely, in the fear of the Lord. Everything one does should be done heartily, as for the Lord and not for men because it is from the Lord that they will receive their inheritance. And, conversely, the wrongdoer will be paid back for his wrongdoing, without partiality (18-25).
     [Sermons: John Woodhouse 1. John Woodhouse 2. Various. ]
     [Illustration: Today's painting, an imagined scene, depicts a nationality (Scythians) mentioned by Paul in today's chapter, and it illustrates a quality mentioned by Paul, respect for others, though foreign to one another. ]


          [THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Colossians 3:1-4: Romans 6:11-14; Romans 8:1-8; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 2 Corinthians 4:13-15; Galatians 2:15-21; Ephesians 2:1-10; Philippians 2:1-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Colossians 3:5-11: Romans 1:29-32; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; 2 Corinthians 12:19-21; Galatians 3:26-29; Galatians 5:16-26; Ephesians 4:17-32; Ephesians 5:3-14; Colossians 3:5-11; Romans 2:1-5; Romans 6:11-14; Romans 8:9-17; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; 1 Corinthians 15:42-50; 2 Corinthians 4:16 - 5:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-18. Colossians 3:12-17: Romans 12:9-21; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7; 2 Corinthians 6:1-10; 2 Corinthians 8:1-7; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; Galatians 5:16-26; Ephesians 4:1-10; Ephesians 4:25-32; Philippians 2:1-11; Philippians 4:8-9; Colossians 3:12-17; 1 Thessalonian 4:9-12; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22; Romans 15:1-6; 1 Corinthians 10:23 - 11:1; 1 Corinthians 14:26-33a; Ephesians 5:15-20. Colossians 3:18 - 4:1: Ephesians 5:21 - 6:9; Romans 13:1-7; 1 Corinthians 7:32-35; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8. ]
     NOTE: The parallels above are based in a very small part on my own research but principally on the following sources:
     Fred O Francis and J. Paul Sampley, Pauline Parallels, Second Edition. (Minneapolis, Minnesota: Fortress Press, 1984).
     Most of the material on Hebrews is from an online article titled Pauline parallels in Hebrews taken from Charles H. Welch and Stuart Allen Welch, Perfection Or Perdition? An Exposition Of The Epistle To The Hebrews, (London: Berean Publishing Trust, 1973). ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


Gospel Harmony - Summary. | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine. | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible. |

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF). | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF).

*** For Additional word studies use one of the Greek Interlinear Bibles below. ***

Mounce Interlinear. Bible Hub Greek Interlinear. Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible.

Book Outline:

1. The Completeness of Christ (Colossians 1:1 - Colossians 1:20) - 60 A.D. Rome
2. Exhortations to Experience Christ's Completeness Spiritually (Colossians 1:21 - Colossians 4:18) - 60 A.D. Rome

Colossians 3

2. Exhortations to Experience Christ's Completeness Spiritually (Colossians 1:21 - Colossians 4:18) - 60 A.D. Rome

     1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
     5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. 8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
     12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
     18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. 20 children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. 21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. 22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: 23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

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